Citizens Protest MN Health Department's Medical Records Grab

Minnesota citizens filled a meeting room front to back at the Minnesota Department of Health to provide input and comment on the Department’s plan to claim ownership of private medical records data, send the data to a data warehouse in Maine, and use the data rank physicians and hospitals according to the Department’s definition of “quality.” Insurers will then be required by law to steer patients to only those providers who rank as “high quality, low cost.”

"Genetic Information in Minnesota" - Dept of Admin Report

MN Health Dept Comments on State's Genetic Info Report

Specifically, a Tennessen Warning requirement [to tell individual how their data would be used by the Dept., whether they have to provide it, etc.] would not be workable for the reporting of communicable diseases or related specimens or for the collection of many other types of public health data or specimens. There may be other privacy protections or some sort of modified Tennessen Warning, but they would have to be tailored to balance MDH's responsibility to protect public health with the individual's privacy. The goal would be to maximize public health protections while minimizing any intrusion on personal privacy.

Attorney's Minority Report to MN Genetic Info Report

CCHC Submits Genetic Information Minority Report

In response to the “2009 Genetic Information Report – DRAFT Version Two,” this report was submitted to Commissioner Dana Badgerow, Minnesota Department of Administration by Twila Brase, RN, PHN, Member of the Minnesota Genetic Information Work Group and President of Citizens’ Council on Health Care, January 2009


Provider Tax Collection, 1993 - 2003

Provider Taxes Collected To Date - received October 29, 2003

Public Opposes State Collection of Private Medical Information

We gathered and in this report published the many public comments received by the Minnesota Department of Health's August 19, 2002 proposed rule to require most hospitals and health insurers to collect and electronically transmit individually-identifiable medical record data to the Department without patient consent: Proposed Permanent Rule Regarding Administrative Billing Data, Minnesota Rules, chapter 4653. The public was not pleased. The comments forced a public hearing.

"Distribution, Utilization, and Impact of the MinnesotaCare Provider Tax"

Taxing the Sick:  MinnesotaCare provider tax revenues have provided 78 percent, or $749.5 million, of the $960.4 million collected in the Health Care Access Fund since 1993. Health care providers have paid 51 percent of all provider taxes collected while payments from hospitals account for 33 percent. Of the $825.7 million collected in tax revenue, which includes a portion of cigarette taxes in 1992 and 1993, HMOs paid only $46.5 million through the gross premiums tax -- a total of 5.65 percent.